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HAROLD MEYERSON reports that the presidents of the two labor federations and of the nation’s 12 largest unions — including the National Education Association, which heretofore has not belonged to any labor federation – yesterday announced the formation of the National Labor Coordinating Committee, an interim body that could pave the way for labor’s reunification by forming a new federation with roughly 16 million members. Harold writes for the Washington Post op-ed page; he also editor-at-large of The American Prospect.
Also: “A MY LAI A MONTH” – NICK TURSE has uncovered crucial evidence that the My Lai Massacre was not an isolated incident, but rather part of a large pattern of US killing of unarmed Vietnamese people. Nick’s article for The Nation, “A My Lai a Month,” won a special Ridenhour Prize for reportorial distinction.
Plus: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in California: MARK ARAX breaks with the cliches about California’s sunshine and beaaches with stories reporting on migrant workers from Oaxaca, racism and craziness in the Central Valley, marijuana moguls in Humbold County, and the foreclosure crisis. Mark’s new book is West of the West.
He’ll be reading and signing at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave in LA, Wed nite at 730pm.